A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 9, 1979

To follow the rising cost of crude oil and its effect on the world economy, the subject of this week's cover story, TIME correspondents and writers had to report, evaluate and coordinate the outcomes of two important summit meetings in cities 6,000 miles apart. In Tokyo, correspondents from three news bureaus were on hand when leaders of the U.S. and six other petroleum-importing countries met to forge a common strategy on the oil problem. Washington Correspondents Johanna McGeary, Gregory H. Wierzynski and George Taber followed President Carter throughout the talks and on an odyssey that included state visits to Japanese and...

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